Restaurant review: Overstimulating Scene at Patriot Place

Jen Wagner

You don’t go to CBS Scene for the food or drinks, really. You go because it’s overstimulating and cool. It made me – a 35-year-old – feel a bit old and not so cool. Too bad cool isn’t high on my list of musts for restaurants.

Close to 150 TVs, from small to supersize, are all playing different things everywhere you look. Round dining rooms circle stairs through the cage-like middle of the three-level restaurant. And the restaurant offers a great view of Gillette. (From many of the shops and restaurants in Patriot Place, you can’t see the behemoth sports stadium.)

You can watch reruns of "Gilligan’s Island'' or "I Love Lucy'' or check out the silent slide-show-like film that morphs pictures of actors.

My hubby and I had lunch there once and dinner from the bar menu another time. (The top floor is more casual and has the bar menu at dinner time.) There is still a third menu for dinner that we haven’t tried yet.

So what’s worth having?

I love the cheesy pastas that have sprouted up on menus everywhere. They often mix creativity with down-home comfort-food goodness. This one, baked in the wood-fired oven, is a gem.

It’s made with four cheeses and ham. Yum. (It also comes as a side on the dinner menu with the Asiago cheese-crusted chicken ... a meal for a cheese lover, indeed.)

The brisket sandwich is topped with caramelized onions, adding a perfect layer of flavor.

The pizza has a sauce that’ll surprise you. With chunks of tomato, and a right-from-the-garden fresh tomato flavor, this is a great thin-crust meal. Even just the plain-old pepperoni is something special with this sauce.

What’s not worth having? The hanger steak.

I’m a carnivore through and through, as is my other half. And we’re not steak snobs. We know that the tougher steaks are often the most rewarding in terms of flavor.

But to only have one steak on the bar and lunch menu and to make it this one (for $17, nonetheless) just doesn’t make sense. It lacks flavor and tenderness. Sure, the sauce isn’t bad. But the sauce doesn’t make the steak.

The Patriot Ledger

Restaurant review:

CBS Scene, 200 Patriot Place, Foxboro

Price: Lunch, $10-$18; dinner, $10-$30

Hours: Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.; Saturday and  Sunday,  11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Credit cards: All major credit cards accepted

Web site: None

Handicapped access: Yes